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  • Africans Native Americans and the English in 1619 Virginia
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    Africans, Native Americans, and the English in 1619 Virginia

    Historians discussed the arrival of the first African slaves to Virginia in 1619 and their encounters and cultural exchanges with Native Americans and English settlers. The John W. Kluge Center…

  • Disappearance of World War II Bomber Crew
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    Disappearance of World War II Bomber Crew

    Journalist and author Gregg Jones discusses the mystery behind the 1943 disappearance of a B-24 Liberator bomber, named “Jerk’s Natural,” over Austria during World War II. Mr. Jones is the…

  • Americas Entry into World War I
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    America's Entry into World War I

    Professor Mary Dudziak talked about the events and politics behind America’s entry into World War I and its mixed support from the American people. From 1914 to 1917, under the leadership…

  • Discussion on World War I Veterans and Art Therapy
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    World War I Veterans and Art Therapy

    Tara Tappert talked about how art therapy was used to help World War I veterans deal with the trauma of war. She used letters and works of art from former soldiers to illustrate the culture…

  • James Bond and the CIA
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    James Bond and the CIA

    Christopher Moran explored the similarities between Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and the real world of the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA had long taken an interest in the James Bond novels, even drawing inspiration from…

  • emAmerica Between the Warsem
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    America Between the Wars

    Benjamin Wittes “The Law and the Long War”

  • emThe Turbulent Decade  Refugee Crises of the 1990sem
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    The Turbulent Decade: Refugee Crises of the 1990s

    Mrs. Ogata talked about her book The Turbulent Decade: Confronting the Refugee Crises of the 1990s, published by W. W. Norton and Company. In the book she recounted her experiences and the lessons she…

  • Digital Future Conclusion
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    Digital Future Conclusion

    Organizers reflected on the eight part series sponsored by the Library of Congress on the future of technology and the potential impact of the digital age.

  • Digital Future New Internet Concept
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    Digital Future: New Internet Concept

    Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of When Things Start to Think, published by Owl Books, talked about his concept, Internet Zero (0). He…

  • Digital Future Distribution of Knowledge
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    Digital Future: Distribution of Knowledge

    Professor Ayers talked about the creation and distribution of knowledge in today’s digital environment. Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University…

  • Digital Future The Experience of Reading
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    Digital Future: The Experience of Reading

    Professor David M. Levy talked about the shift in the experience of reading from the fixed page to movable computer screens and the impact of the shift on language. Mr. Levy was the author of Scrolling…

  • Digital Future Copyright Issues
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    Digital Future: Copyright Issues

    Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, published by Basic Books, talked about the…

  • Digital Future  Meaning of Digital
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    Digital Future: Meaning of Digital

    Mr. Smith combines degrees in computer science and philosophy and is an expert on the interdisciplinary convergence brought about by digitization. His lecture, titled “And Is All This Stuff Really Digital After…

  • Digital Future Quantum Computing
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    Digital Future: Quantum Computing

    Juan Pablo Paz, a quantum physicist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who was currently working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, talked about the future of computers and how quantum computing, in its…

  • Digital Future  Archiving
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    Digital Future: Archiving

    Brewster Kahle, digital librarian, director and co-founder of the Internet Archive, talked about capturing material on the Internet and the challenges of selecting pertinent content. Mr. Kahle first developed the idea and…

  • Digital Future  Web Logs and Knowledge
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    Digital Future: Web Logs and Knowledge

    David Weinberger, who served as a senior Internet adviser to the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign, talked about the gathering and dissemination of information through Internet web logs, or…

  • emRichard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majorityem
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    Richard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majority

    Robert Mason, Library of Congress Kluge Fellow and lecturer in history at the University of Edinburgh, talked about his book Richard Nixon and the Quest for a New Majority, published by the…